They’re wakin up Maria
Cause everybody else has got some place to go
She makes a little motion with her head, rolls over, and says she’s gonna sleep for
A couple minutes more

I said I’m sorry to Maria
For all the cold-hearted things that I have done
I said I’m sorry by now, at least once
To just about everyone

She says I’ve forgotten what I’m supposed to do today
And it slips my mind what I’m supposed to say
We’re getting older and older and older
and always a little further out of the way

You look into her eyes
And it’s more than your heart will allow
And August and everything after
You get a little less than you expected somehow

Well I stumbled into Washington Square
Just as the sun began to rise
And I laid down on the lawn of the cathedral
And laid down and the shadow of St. Mary’s in the sky

And I’m just one of these late model children
Waiting for the king
But there ain’t no sign of Elvis in San Francisco
It’s just me and I’m playin’ this rock and roll thing

She wants to be just like me
And I want every damn thing I can see
You know one day you’re Daddy’s little angel
The next day you’re everything he wanted you to be

They dress you up in white satin
And they give you your very own pair of wings
In August and everything after
I’m after everything

I said yeah yeah yeah yeah - lalala

Well you got your reservations
And you got your seven-million dollar home
You got the number of some girl in New York City
Who’s always wide awake
So you never spend the night alone

You got a nasty little habit
Of peekin down the shirts of all the little girls
As they pass you by
And I wonder when it all catches up to you
And they finally take you down–
Are you gonna cry?

Well I already got my disease
So take your fuckin filthy hands off of me
Yeah well I hope you weren’t expecting to be crucified–
The best that they can do
Is to hang you from the nearest tree

It’s midnight in San Francisco
And I’m waiting here for Jesus on my knees
And August and everything after
I want somebody else to bleed for me

I said yeah yeah yeah lalala...

They came down from North Dakota
With confidence in the military mind
And now everyone I know is turning showgirl
And dancing with their shirt off
In some Las Vegas hotel line

So I’m going down to Los Angeles
To plead for my immediate release
And the lawyer says, yeah we’ll let you go
But you gotta give us a better reason
than "please, please, please"

But I no longer know how to pray
I live in dog town and it’s a Dalmatian parade
And I, I change my spots over and over
But they never seem to fade away

I am the last remaining Indian
Looking for the place where the buffalo roam
In August and everything after
Man them buffalo ain’t never comin home

And I said in August and everything after
Man them buffalo ain’t never comin home

I said oh yeah yeah yeah lalala


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  • +1
    General Commentits crazy that adam played this song after all this time, its not the greatest, but it was real nice of him to do it.
    sambo28on October 05, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commenthe says, "Well I got my reservations
    And I got my seven-million dollar home
    I got the number of some girl in New York City
    Who’s always wide awake
    So I never spend the night alone
    I got a nasty little habit
    Of peekin down the shirts of all the little girls
    As they pass you by
    And I wonder when it all catches up to me
    And they finally take me down–
    Am I gonna cry?"
    wokeupinacaron March 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song means several things to me. On a base level, it connects about nine or ten other Counting Crows songs (some that weren't even written yet) including "Hanging Tree" "Washington Square" "Mr. Jones" "Mrs. Potter's Lullaby" "Holiday in Spain" and "Round Here".

    Beyond that, the song is an expression of regret for Adam: regret for what he's become, regret for how the people and world has changed around him and nothing is as it was. It's a curse against change and cry for it to stop. It's confessional, it's raw, and it's so chock-full of emotions. This song was written at a time when Adam wasn't as angry as he is now, and so it's interesting to see something like this come up at the same time as "Mr. Jones" and "A Murder of One" which are emotional in a sadder way.

    It's about identity, and the loss thereof.
    osian19on February 25, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIt is a little difficult to listen to because of its rambling style, but it really perfectly fits the mood of the song and the message of the lyrics. He's just laying himself bare and saying everything, refusing to worry about fitting it into just a few minutes. He's clearing his mind and clearing his heart.
    foldsfan5on February 23, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThese lyrics are incredible and think maybe it just means everything.
    blueoftheskyon February 19, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthats wat i think also. it sums it all up. everything he feels. the biggest snag of liveing.
    TeresaMac23on July 07, 2008   Link

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